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Want to live like Robert Frost?

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Poets who have published at least one book are eligible to apply to live in Robert Frost’s homestead next summer. The two-month residency is in the farmhouse in Franconia, N.H., where Frost lived with his family from 1915 to 1920; in later years, he summered there. The home is now the Frost Place Museum, which, its website says, ‘sits on a quiet north-country lane with a spectacular view of the White Mountains.... Accommodations are spartan but comfortable.’

This summer, Rigoberto Gonzales will be in residence, doing readings in and around the area.

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There seem to be plenty of places for non-poets to stay if they want to stop by the museum or hear Gonzales read. This despite the fact that the town remains small -- in 1920, the population was 440, and by 2000 it had only grown to 924.

Which is probably good news for those wanting a truly authentic Robert Frost experience. There have to be some woods left nearby ... with some roads less taken. You know, like this:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
Read the rest of ‘The Road Not Taken’ and more of Robert Frost’s poetry at the Poetry Foundation.

-- Carolyn Kellogg


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